Rachel Barreca is connected to the world of music as a performer, producer, promoter, academic, volunteer, broadcaster, and audience member.
* served on FMO's Board of Directors for four years, including one year as President
* worked as the Director of Export Development for Folk Music Canada at the 2019 Folk Alliance International conference
* served as road manager, stage manager, and co-producer for the Gordon Lightfoot tribute show - The Way We Feel - during its first five years on the road
* hosted The Mill Lofts Music Series of house concerts in Guelph
* co-hosted late-night showcases, MC'd official showcases and hosted the awards show at the annual Folk Music Ontario conference
* volunteered at music festivals in Guelph, Red Rock, Ottawa, and Kingston, Ontario
Rachel has a diploma in radio broadcasting and has worked at CBC Radio as well as multiple campus-community stations. In addition, she has twenty-five years of experience as an educator and student services administrator in Canada and the United Kingdom, providing learning opportunities for adults in higher education by nurturing healthy, engaged communities and creating innovative events, programs, and services.
Rachel has a BA in music from the University of Guelph, where she wrote a thesis that analyzed Bob Dylan’s early vocal techniques. She also earned an MA in education studies at the University of Sussex (UK) with a dissertation about the connections between communal music-making, emotions, and holistic transformative learning in adults.